Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

Sightseeing in Riga: what to see on your own in three days? Where to stay?

Riga is one of the major cities in the Baltics, attracting tourists with a variety of attractions and its old city, which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

To get acquainted with Riga, you can use a ready-made tour, but according to many experienced travelers, it is better to do it on your own to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Latvian city. What to see in Riga, you can learn in this article

Itinerary map

Day 1

Start your acquaintance with Riga from the heart of this Latvian city – Town Hall Square. Tourists from all over the world like to walk here. This place attracts not only by the town hall building itself, but also by the House of Blackheads – an architectural monument of the 14th century. All facades of the building are decorated with openwork patterns and accompanied by evening illumination.

You can walk from the Central Station to Town Hall Square using these offline maps. By the way, I advise you to download them on your phone.

Near Town Hall Square are two other interesting buildings:

  1. Menzendorf House – was built in 1695 as a residential house with a store. Today the building is a branch of the Museum of Riga History and Navigation, which is an exposition of everyday life of inhabitants of this city. The museum is open from 11:00 to 17:00 every day except Monday.
  2. Church of St. Peter – the main attraction of the old city. This building is striking for its original and very recognizable spire, as well as the height – 123.5 meters.

The whole old city is studded with various architectural masterpieces and monuments. Therefore, moving from one point of the route to another, it is recommended not to forget to look around and admire the architecture.

The next thing worth seeing is the Dome Cathedral, a 13th century Lutheran church. It is the largest medieval church in the Baltics, and its spire towers majestically over the old city.

Turning from Dome Square to Biskapa Gate and walking a little ahead, you can see another unique structure – the Anglican Church of the Holy Redeemer, made in neo-Gothic style.

The next point is the Three Brothers, located on Maza Pils Street. It is an architectural complex consisting of three buildings in the style typical of the medieval architecture of Riga.

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In general, the entire Maza Pils and Kloster Street adjacent to it is a paradise for tourists and lovers of medieval architecture. There are such unique buildings as the Catholic Church, the Church of St. James, the Barricade Museum and others.

Then it is necessary to go to the street Tornaya, where the Swedish Gate, erected in 1698, is located. There is also the ancient Jurgen Tower, first mentioned in documents in 1350.

At the end of the day you can visit Bastion Hill Park, and take a walk along the city Canal. You can see a lot of interesting things there, too.

Second

The second day in Riga can begin with a walk in the Vērmanes Garden. This park was founded in 1813 by order of the town governor Marquis Philip Osipovich Pulucci.

The wealthy citizens of Riga donated their money for the construction of the park, but Anna Gertrude Ebel-Verman donated the most.

There are various monuments on the territory of the garden, such as an obelisk to the founder, a monument to Marquis Paulucci, world champion and Riga resident Mikhail Tal, etc.

The next point is the Riga Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, located on the hill of Espalanda. This Orthodox church was founded in 1876 and built in the Neobyzantine style. The temple is open to the public daily from 7:00 to 19:00. Its patterned facades and columns are simply breathtaking.

Also on the outskirts of Espalanda, along Krišjāņa Valdemāra Street, are the Latvian Academy of Art and the Art Museum, which has both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00, on Friday from 10:00 to 20:00, on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.

The cost of admission tickets better to clarify directly in the museum.

Then move toward Albert Street, where the famous Art Nouveau Museum is located. Art Nouveau (or Art Nouveau) was the most popular in Riga. More than 800 buildings in the city were made in this style. Art Nouveau Museum helps its visitors to transport to the 20th century Riga and wander through the rooms, looking at the interiors and costumes of that period.

Mode of operation of the museum – Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. Tickets cost €6 (full entry), €7.50 (family: 2 adults, 2 children), €4 (students), and are valid from May 1st to September 30th.

After visiting the museum you can relax a bit and have a great time in Kronwald Park. There are several monuments in the park: the monument to A.S. Pushkin, Sudrab Edžus, A. Upītis. Near the park there are many cozy cafes, where you can eat and gain energy for a further walk around the city.

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Then it is recommended to go back to the street Krišjāņa Valdemāra and walk along the cable bridge and admire the Western Dvina.

Going straight along this street, you can walk to the Memorial Park, where the monument to the Liberators of Riga is located, the composition center of which is a 79 meters high column topped with a star. On the sides are sculptures of Mother Motherland and soldiers-liberators.

Nearby is the park “Arcadia”, made in landscape style. This park is interesting in the diversity of plants: there are 23 species of native perennials and 42 forms of exotic woody plants.

Last Day

Get to know the locals’ recreation at the Interpark. This huge forest park is located on the shore of Lake Kisezers. Here in the summer you can swim in the lake, sunbathe on the beach, have a picnic.

This place is also a center of outdoor activities in Riga. Here you can ride rollerblades or bike, play disc golf or mini-golf, try surfing with a paddle.

Thrill seekers are advised to visit the Mežakakis Adventure Park, which consists of 8 tracks of varying difficulty.

The ticket price for adults is 18,00 €, and for children (under 17 years) the price is 12,00 €.

You can get to Mezhpark on bus lines 9 and 49 and trolleybus 3a, or streetcar 11.

In the Mezhpark territory there is Riga Zoo, which is 20 hectares of green space with 3000 representatives of fauna from all over the world.

Zoo entrance hours: every day from 10:00 to 19:00, the ticket office works till 18:00, tropical house works from 11:00 to 18:45. Tickets for adults cost 7 €, for children and senior citizens 5 €.

If you have time and energy left, you can visit Juglas, Riga’s second largest lake, and the Ethnographic Museum located on its shore. The Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum is considered one of the oldest, richest and largest museums in Europe, featuring houses and outbuildings of peasants, craftsmen, blacksmiths, as well as pubs, mills and churches.

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During the summer season, from May 1 to September 30, artisans exhibit their art.

Museum works in the summer from 10:00 to 20:00, but at 17:00 all buildings are closed. Tickets cost 4€ for adults and 1,40€ for children. There are discounts for seniors, students and large families.

What are the best places to visit in autumn?

In the autumn in Riga is quite cool and rainy, so the beach vacation is unavailable. But there is an opportunity to see many sights and interesting places.

One of them is the old town. In the fall, all the trees and plants in the old city are painted in bright colors, giving the streets a magical look. Because it is in the old town are concentrated almost all the attractions of Riga, a walk through its streets, you can fully experience the atmosphere of medieval Latvia and not freeze.

Since the autumn tourist flow decreases, many museums and parks, in order to attract visitors, significantly reduce ticket prices. Such places include Riga Zoo, Ethnographic Museum, Jugendstil Museum and others.

You can admire the golden autumn while walking in small villages on the river Gauja. If you walk along the river itself, you can get to the place where it flows into the sea. These places have stunning views.

You can get there by public transport, bus No6855 or No5371.

Where to stay on holiday?

In Latvia, in comparison with other EU countries, hotel prices are lower. Therefore, to find a suitable room will not be difficult, especially if you use the following recommendations:

  1. If the main purpose of your stay in Riga is to visit local monuments and walks through the medieval streets, you can safely settle in the hotels located in the old town. Not only are all the main attractions and museums of the city concentrated here, but also a large selection of cafes, bars and clubs.
  2. Those who come to Riga by car must remember that much of the old city is pedestrian, so you have to leave the car at paid parking lot, which costs from 20 € per day. Therefore it will be better to settle in neighborhoods adjacent to the old city.
  3. On the other side of the Western Dvina there are not so stunningly beautiful views, so there are many inexpensive hotels and hostels, which attract budget tourists.
  4. Fans of camping, unfortunately, are less fortunate – the only accommodation option is located in Tsarnikava, which is about an hour’s drive from the center of Riga. But this disadvantage is compensated by the scenic view of those places.
  5. We prefer to look for accommodation ourselves on AirBnB . You can get a better and cheaper place to stay than in the hotels. + You can get a bonus on the first reservation $ 40. This article describes in detail what AirBnB is and how to use it.
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Riga is a beautiful city, which attracts tourists not only with its unique medieval architecture, but also with its picturesque nature, which is especially beautiful in autumn. And the availability of good infrastructure, low prices and the prevalence of Russian language make this city especially attractive for Russian-speaking tourists.

Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

When you come to Riga for three days, it is quite possible to see all its sights. The main ones are in the center of the capital, and it’s easy to find them on your own.

St. Peter’s Church in the Old Town was built in the 13th century. Here it is the tallest and most notable structure. The church was originally wooden and has survived several fires and reconstructions. Entrance to the church and its bell tower is paid.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

Here in Old Town, you can also take a ride on the Daugava River and admire the surroundings. Several centuries ago, merchant ships approached the city along the river, which was an important point in the development of the city.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

An interesting sculpture attracts tourists here – it is a monument to the Bremen musicians. The statue was a gift from the German city of Bremen. Guests of the capital make a wish here and try to jump to the top figure, but not all of them succeed.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

In the Museum of Decorative Arts, lovers can see handmade exhibits: products made of clay, wood and fabrics. This exhibit has been collected since the 19th century and is located in an old building in Riga.

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Sightseeing in Riga by yourself in 3 days

Once the city was surrounded by a fortress, of which now remains only a powder tower . And it was almost completely destroyed, only a small section of stone remained, the rest was completed with bricks in our time. Interestingly, the tower was restored by students and now there is a military museum with medieval weapons. You can visit the museum for free.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

Also free to visit the ghetto museum, which is open in the same building where the atrocities of the Nazis were committed. Here 25 thousand Jews were executed.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

In the building from the 18th century is a museum of the history of pharmacy and pharmacy. In the courtyard of the museum, medicinal herbs are grown.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

The Swedish Gate is a historical monument of the city. They were built during the reign of Peter the Great by a Swedish knight right in the territory of his court. This was done in order not to pay the tax for entering the city.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

Another famous sight of the city is the House of Blackheads . This building was built in our time according to the drawings of the 14th century. Once upon a time there was a market square, and the building belonged to the bachelor merchants of the brotherhood of St. Dominic. Now there is a historical museum in the building.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

The cathedral, located on Dome Square, is one of the largest in Latvia. It was built over several centuries and rebuilt many times. Now here you can listen to the beautiful organ music.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

Among the architectural structures of interest are the Russian Exchange, medieval dwelling houses “Three brothers”, the house with cats, and the Riga Castle.

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Sightseeing in Riga on your own in 3 days

It is interesting to walk around Riga on foot, seeing the sights and visiting museums, or you can sign up for a guided tour. In any case, a visit to this city will bring a lot of fun.

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